Step 2: Skip the auto setup
Step 3: Add a new scene
Step 4: Add sources
That’s pretty much it with regards to the basic setup of OBS to record screen. With this, you are ready to record your Zoom meetings or record gameplay using OBS. The next part of this article will guide you on how you can record your screen using OBS.
How to use OBS to record screen
With OBS, recording your screen is super simple. Now that you have done the basic setup of OBS, the next step is to configure the OBS settings and optimize it for recording the maximum quality.
Step 1: Configure Resolution
The basic step which most of the users miss out on is the resolution. By default, the OBS recording setting will be set on 720p30 (720p Dimensions at 30 frames per second) to change that, head over to the settings and click on the Video tab.
Under that tab, set the base (canvas) resolution to 1920 x 1080 and the output (canvas) resolution to 1920 x 1080. Use the Lanczos (Sharpened Scaling, 36 Samples) downscale filter and the fps set at 60.
|Base (Canvas) Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Output (Canvas) Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Downscale Filter ||Lanczos (Sharpened Scaling, 36 Samples) |
|Common FPS values||60|
Step 2: Configure Recording & streaming settings
Changing these settings will allow you to record and stream at more bitrate. To configure the recording/streaming settings in OBS, open settings, and head over to the Output tab. Under this window, the first thing you need to change is the output mode from Simple to Advanced.
By changing the output mode in OBS, you will get even more options to mess around & configure with. But don’t worry, I will be guiding you through the best settings to record with OBS.
Best streaming settings for OBS 2021
The first thing you need to change is the Encoder.
If you are on a Mac OS machine, proceed with x264.
If you are on a Windows OS machine with a dedicated graphics card then use the following –
– Nvidia graphics card: NVENC new
– AMD graphics card: AMF (Advanced Media Framework)
The second thing you need to change is the Bitrate value.
Anywhere between 4000 to 8000 would be ideal for a user for recording their display or recording game using OBS.
Note: The higher the bitrate, the higher the sharpness or quality you will get. But the only downside to this is that using a higher bitrate will require more internet bandwidth and using a higher bitrate for recording will take up more space than normal/low bitrates.
The third thing to configure is the Keyframe interval.
This setting is changed mostly for streaming purposes. Most of the streaming platforms require 2 Keyframe intervals for a smooth stream, so changing that would make it easy if you are planning to stream.
The last thing to configure is the CPU usage preset.
This is purely experimental, you can run through all the settings once and optimize it. Changing the settings here will decide how much CPU % is used in OBS.
Higher settings = Higher CPU usage
But according to my usage, keeping the CPU usage preset on ‘Faster’ works just fine.
Best recording settings for OBS 2021
Setting up the best recording settings for OBS is super simple. Now that we have configured the stream settings, you can configure the recording settings by clicking on Settings > Output > Recording.
The type can be left to default which is Standard.
Step 3: Record screen using OBS
Now that the complete setup is done, it’s time to record the screen. To record your screen using OBS, simply click on the Start recording button, and boom, that’s it.
Where does OBS save recordings?
And if you are wondering about the OBS recording save location, by default it is
users/username/movies on a Mac OS and
C:/Users/username/videos on a windows computer.
Also check: Where does OBS save recordings
If you’re looking for a quick way to find how to see OBS recordings, simply click on File and click on Show Recordings. Here you can find all the recordings from the OBS.
If you want to change the OBS recording save location, head over to Settings > Output > Recordings > Recording Path and select a location where you want the OBS recordings to be saved.
So every time you click on Stop recording, this is the location where all the OBS recordings are saved.
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